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Bodemeister targets Haskell; Creative Cause may try turf
Bodemeister and Creative Cause, second and third behind I’ll Have Another in the Preakness Stakes, will pass the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 and will be on different career paths this summer.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that Bodemeister will be pointed to the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29.
“He could use a breather,” Baffert said.
Owned by Zayat Stables, Bodemeister won the Arkansas Derby in April and was second in the Kentucky Derby.
Creative Cause, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, may start on turf later this summer, trainer Mike Harrington said. He said there is a “50-50” chance that Creative Cause will start in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park on July 4.
There are two graded stakes for 3-year-olds on turf at Del Mar this summer that could fit in Harrington’s plans for Creative Cause – the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11 and the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2. Creative Cause races for Heinz Steinmann.
“He’s happy and healthy,” Harrington said of the colt. “I’m going to give him a little time. I’ll back off him a little while. I’ll probably run him on the grass.
“I’ll have to determine if he is a turf horse. You never know until you try it.”
I think Mike Harrington made a good decision to run Creative Cause on the grass..I bet you this horse will be better on the grass..
Giant's Causeway ran super in BC Cup, but he never won on anything but grass. Cr Cs is very good on dirt, might prove even better on turf. Can always go back to dirt.
We knew Mr. Baffert would do the right thing by the horse. Let's face it, Bodemeister has been playing catch up all year. (He never raced as a 2yo) The horse needs a break both physically and mentally. To ask him to do more at the point, would risk losing this wonderful animal to injury or, worse, he could suffer a crisis of confidense. So our hats off to Bob Baffert on this one.
Mr Baffert, Please turn Bodie into an 870 specialist, You've got the PERFECT jock in Mike Smith. Yes the ONLY Jock in the WORLD that could get Zenyatta beat.. Your arrogant ways COST Bodie the DERBY and the Preakness. Martin Garcia is 3 Lemghts BETTER than Mike Smith every was, YOU do the math BOBBY. Hell Bill Sparw tried to REPLACE Laffit with Mike Smith and NEARLY STARVED TO DEATH.. WAKE-UP BOB..
CC's undoing was the traveling, I believe......I don't think he beats IHA in the Preakness regardless, but without shipping him cross-country so much, he's definitely finishes closer to the top pair at Pimlico !!! Remember, the BC Classic is at SA this yr....IHA and CC (if he runs in it) should be major players !!!
Where is Michael Moreno? I've not seen a word about him since Derby Day...
Unless BC Mile is the goal Harrington is thinking, this is a waste of time. The handicap division is not tough at all. CC ran two nice races at Del Mar last year try the San Diego to get a gage on the older runners then PC or Del Mar Derby.
Creative Cause is becoming the 2012 version of Brillant Speed. BC turf now the goal
Wow, the Swaps Stakes is only worth 150k! Shows how times have changed.
I think CC will be really tough to beat on the turf. I like the move. Kudos Mr. Harrington.
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